Law enforcement officials said on Monday, Ms. Antonia Ashford, 44, of Jackson, was charged with Murder relative to the shooting death of her husband, Mr. Roderick Ashford, at their home in Jackson Township.
Officials said at approximately 2:15 a.m., Officers of the Jackson Township Police Department responded to a residence in reference to a 911 call indicating that a male victim had been shot.
Responding officers found the body of Roderick Ashford, 47, lying unresponsive on the floor with a gunshot wound to the face.
According to officials, attempts were made to revive Mr. Ashford, but he ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit determined that Antonia Ashford pointed a handgun at Mr. Ashford and discharged the weapon, thereby causing his death.
Police arrested Ashford and transported her to the Ocean County Jail, where she is presently lodged pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Kunz acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Patrol Division, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their cooperative assistance with this investigation.